Almost one in five crashes that injured someone involved distracted driving, says healthfinder.gov.

Doing other activities while driving distracts you and increases your chance of crashing. We hear a lot of about texting and driving, but distracted driving really involves any activity that takes your mind off driving and your hands or eyes off the wheel.

Five Seconds to Text Can be Deadly

The average text message takes about five seconds to respond to. If you are driving that means five seconds when your eyes are off the road, five seconds when your hands are off the wheel and five seconds when your mind is not thinking about driving.

In those five seconds, traveling at an average speed of 55 mph, your vehicle can go the length of a football field.

Those five seconds can lead to serious, life-threatening results.

5 Seconds to Text

Is Texting while Driving Illegal in Your State?

There is no doubt that texting is an unsafe driving practice; however, are you aware of your state’s laws regarding texting?

  • There are 14 states, D.C. and other areas that prohibit all drivers from using hand-held cell phones while driving. All are primary enforcement laws, which means that you may be cited for using a hand-held cell phone without any other traffic offense taking place.
  • 38 states and D.C. ban cell phone use by novice drivers and 20 states and D.C. prohibit it for school bus drivers.
  • 47 states and D.C. ban text messaging for all drivers. All but four have primary enforcement.

Chart of state distracted driving laws from Governors Highway Safety Association.

The It Can Wait® Campaign

GHSA supports the It Can Wait campaign. Spearheaded by AT&T, the goal of the campaign is to save lives by calling on the public, law enforcement, educators, corporations, consumer safety groups and legislators to help find solutions to prevent the dangers of texting and driving

Texting and Driving can wait

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